Palestinian Arab terrorists boarded a public bus in Jerusalem on Tuesday morning and began a bloody assault that left two people dead and another 15 wounded, eight of whom remain in serious-to-critical condition.
The attack happened in the southern Jerusalem neighborhood of Armon Hanatziv. In an interview with Arutz Sheva Radio, the driver of the bus behind the one targeted by the terrorists recalled the horror:
“…Yisrael – the other driver, my friend – got out of the bus and ran towards my bus (shouting): ‘stop, stop, there’s a terrorist in the bus.’ …he shouted to me ‘he’s slaughtering them, he’s slaughtering them,’ and we had nothing we could do, we were trying to contact the police, there’s nothing we could do.”
As the two bus drivers tried frantically to contact police (who were in fact already en route), the two terrorists, one armed with a gun and the other with a large knife, closed the doors of the first bus and began to systematically stab, hack and shoot each passenger they came across.
And it wasn’t the only attack of the morning in Jerusalem. Across town near the entrance to the capital, a Palestinian terrorist rammed his car into a bus stop, killing a 60-year-old rabbi and wounding another. The terrorist then jumped out of his car and stabbed two more people before being shot by police.
Elsewhere, five Israelis were wounded in two separate terrorist stabbings in the central town of Raanana. In both instances, the attackers were Arab residents of eastern Jerusalem.
Tuesday’s wave of attacks come just a day after several serious terror incidents in Jerusalem, one of which left a 13-year-old Jewish boy fighting for his life after being assaulted by two knife-wielding Arab teenagers from the adjacent neighborhood.
A senior security official told The Jerusalem Post that the series of attacks increasingly appears to be “a planned and timed assault.”
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called an emergency meeting of his security cabinet to address the situation. Government and municipal officials were said to be in favor of closing off Arab neighborhoods on the eastern side of Jerusalem until the attacks cease.